Employee Spotlight: Iron Hill West Chester’s DeAnn Yerkes

Great food and fresh beer at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant? That’s a no-brainer. And so is amazing service. Each month, we’ll introduce you to a superstar who works hard to make sure your experience is as satisfying as your meal. This month, we’re spotlighting DeAnn Yerkes, a server at our West Chester location.

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How long have you been at Iron Hill?

I’ve been with the company two years.

How did you come to work at Iron Hill?

We moved from Newark, Delaware, to West Chester in January 2012 to eliminate my husband's hour-long work commute and to give my son the opportunity to go to school in a better school district. When my best friend came to visit, she made me walk with her to every restaurant in town to get a job application, and Iron Hill was one of the restaurants that called me to come in for an interview.

Why Iron Hill versus other restaurants and/or breweries?

My decision to take the job at Iron Hill over the other restaurants in the area came from my knowledge of its success in Newark. I also did a little background research through online articles and customer reviews. I found Iron Hill had a positive connection with the local community. I liked the idea of the company being involved with local charities such as Home of the Sparrow (supporting homeless and low-income women and children) and the Souperbowl (benefiting the Chester County Food Bank) and that the company provides the opportunity for organizations to raise money by participating in our Give 20 fundraiser, where Iron Hill donates 20 percent of each dining check to the organization. I also learned Iron Hill had won local and international awards for its beer and has been recognized with The News Journal Top Workplaces award three years in a row.

What's your favorite part about working at Iron Hill?

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The culture of teamwork that is always present, even as we have staff come and go. A busy restaurant is a stressful environment, but everyone is able to be friendly and work together to get the job done every single day. I'm proud to be a part of that kind of work environment. We’re able to rely on each other during each shift to make sure our customers have a great experience every time they visit. I also love how the company continues to keep us educated about our ever-changing food and beer, which allows us to communicate so well with our customers.

What’s your must-have menu item?

Portabella Mushroom Sandwich with mesclun salad or sweet potato fries as my side.

hefe.jpgWhat Iron Hill beer are you drinking right now?

Right now? HoneyDoWit (Belgian witbier brewed with orange blossom honey). I have too many favorites: Fe10 (favorite whenever it comes on tap because of its complex Belgian quad flavors), Mahalo Apollo! (favorite summer wheat ale), jpa (favorite IPA for a great cause: Pints for Prostates), Funkadelphia (favorite sour beer) and Kaldi Kreme (favorite coffee stout).

Tell us a little about you.

I grew up in Newark, Delaware, near the University of Delaware’s main campus. I’ve been married 16 years to Matt, and we have one son, Matthew Jr., now a senior in high school. Our other “baby” is our 5-year-old cat, Free.

What’s on heavy rotation on your music list?

My favorite band: Sevendust.

What movie could you watch over and over again?

The Fountain.

When you’re not making the Iron Hill experience amazing for customers, what do you like to do?

I enjoy seeing live music, locally and at festivals. I also like writing poetry and reading. I'm always reading something new to challenge my view of the world and change my outlook on life.

With 10 locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, there’s an Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant near you. We specialize in handcrafted beers and fresh, from-scratch New American cuisine. Monthly releases vary by location, so scout out our beers on tap and visit us soon.

Content provided by Dish Works author Nina Malone.

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